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We are a Roman Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Newark, made up of richly diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. We are Disciples of Christ fed by the Word and Eucharist in an evolving community. We seek to live the mission of Christ: serving the Lord by serving one another through our living faith, and sharing the commitment of resources and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Announcements

  • BUSINESS OWNERSAdvertise in our bulletin!  Thank you to all our advertisers!  To join the sponsors on our bulletin, please call Mary Hoffman at 860-836-8486.
  • PARISH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  973-992-9490
  • The Facebook page for St. Raphael Parish is administered by Mary Gayle Scheper.  If you would like to contribute pictures or material to the page, please contact her with your material via the parish office at straphaelrcc@comcast.net. “Like” us at www.facebook.com/straphaellivingston
  • The bulletin for the parish is available on this website.  The current week is displayed automatically.  For earlier bulletins (the previous 5 weeks), scroll to the bottom of the page and select the weekend you would like to view.
  • The RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR for November 2018 – April, 2019 is available HERE!

Special Events

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  If you have a background in English – writing, editing, or oral presentation – you can help our local seminarians.  Check out the details here!
  • Help Collect Box Tops for Education for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese!    We are now branching out to include other schools within the Archdiocese.    We will continue for the 2018-2019 school year! Click here for a list of products that carry the coupons, or pick up a list next to the donation box.
  • Are You Willing to Help in an Emergency with CPR?  We are looking for parishioners who would be to serve in an emergency, providing coverage across all Masses. Volunteers will have the Automatic External Defibrillator (AE) in the hallway by the Parish Office available to them.  Our goal is 10 people (two per Mass). If you are interested in joining the team, would you please self-identify by calling the Parish Office at 973-992-9490 and letting us know which Mass you normally attend. Please call by December 16. We plan to hold the classes in early 2019, after the holidays.  Thank You for being there for your fellow parishioners!
  • The new schedule for Lectors and EMHCs for the period January 1 – April 21 will be generated mid-December It includes the Solemnity of Mary (January 1), Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.  If  you are a lector or EMHC, please send your preferences and restrictions to servistraph@gmail.com by the morning of December 15REMEMBER:  if you are or become unavailable for the Masses for which you are scheduled, you are responsible for finding your own substitute.
  • The Orchestra of St. Peter By the Sea will perform at St. Raphael again this year!!  They will entertain us on December 8 at 7 PM.  Tickets are available in the vestibule for $25!  Only limited tickets will be available at the door.
  • Our social outreach ministry, Samaritans Always Care (SAC) – has a GIVING TREE!  We are collecting toys (new and used) for those in need at Christmas. Take a gift tag from the tree and purchase the item described. Return all gifts unwrapped with the tag attached.  Children are encouraged to part by donating a gently used toy of their own. These toys will be given to approximately 500 children in need in Newark. The deadline for all of the gifts to be donated is December 12.  If you would like to take a more active part in helping with these projects, please contact the parish office and you will be put in contact with a committee member.
  • Join us for  St. Raphael’s 12th Annual Filipino Advent Mass: Simbang Gabi! Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 PM (followed by a reception in Tobias Hall) and December 22 at dawn (5:30 AM)!

We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign

  • We are more than half-way through the 4-year campaign and have already received funds for our parish amounting to $31,370.  We can receive almost than $50,000 if all pledges are met.  Campaign Update Details

Sharing God’s Blessing

  • We’ve reached and exceeded the 2018 Goal with our pledges!!  Pledge payments have already passed the 2018 Goal, too!    Campaign Update Details

 

For additional upcoming events and special Mass times, please see the bulletin by clicking here.